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#1 The Creative Explorer

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:43 AM

A while back I purchased this kit in Belgium because I like big scale and it was affordable, due to not building military I soon sold it again. Ever since I kept looking for a decent priced one and not that long ago, I was able to find one for a good price.
I got it by mail and soon came the ideas, I did searched online for some reference material, but there are basically no Kubel hotrods, there is one, but it basically a Kübel without it's fenders. I wanted it a bit more radical, so I had to think something on my own.
I closely looked at the traditional American hotrods and discovered that my Kübel had is needing a major modification on the body, it needed to be shorter, lower and more pronounced.

I started with putting the body pieces together on a modelshow and when home, did some doodling to find a style I liked. Soon the idea's popped in my head and it was time to get the multitool and saw it into pieces.

This is the box, it is released by Revell, but it is an older Esci kit
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A few views of the original body, just to give an idea of what it should look originally
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Note the tape on the sides, that will be my reference marks to cut it.
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:50 AM

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And everything went into pieces after cutting it up, it is a multipiece body and meant to put together throughout the whole build, but I needed it to be a complete assembled body
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A little leap in time, in the meanwhile I got some wheels from Mspeanut (Thanks!) and got working on putting everything somewhat together. Because I shortened the body, it meant the wheelbase got shorter as well, which is not favourable for a hotrod. So I decided to keep the original floorpan and wheelbase and work my way from there. In this picture the body is as I put it together from the loose pieces and the I assembled quickly the front and rear axle for working on the body
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A small hint of what it is going to be
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I think I keep the original front wheel on the front, it is a important design feature of the Kübel and since there is no engine in the front, I need to keep it entertaining with something.
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:51 AM

Eric; I have built this kit several times over the years....even if you are not into the military models; this one is still a great model for car guys. It is a bit "fiddly" at times; but all in all goes together well, and ends up very nice in the end. I have a couple of these new in the box; and have plans to convert one into a 1970's VW Thing. The body mods are pretty straight forward, and are mostly flat panels, with the raised panels....new fenders are also required; but I am confident that it will convert to a big scale Thing quite readily....can't wait to se what you do with it............Matt



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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:53 AM

I drew some lines of the floorpan, that needs to be cut in order to fit the body to the floorpan
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When the body fits, I made some new bodypanels with white styrene, and it starts to give shape to the body. It does look weird at the moment, but I hope it will work out.
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Different view
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Even tough I measure everything a couple times, for some reason it looks odd and warped.
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Eventually the left doorpillar was 2mm longer than the other side and I must have messed up something somewhere.
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:58 AM

I changed the 'hood' of the car and made it fit, it now gives a bit better look to the hotrod
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At this stage, I lowered the left doorpillar and narrowed the top doorpillar frame, it gives a bit sleeker appearance.
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One of the things I wanted to do, is to convert the Kübel from 5 to 3 doors. I placed them in the new hole, taped them together and cut them at the same line, that way, one can be sure they fit easily to eachother
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For some reason, it still looks warped, but I think there is actually a warp in the floorpan. All the measurements are correct.
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:59 AM

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And finally a bit more detailled look of the Kubelrod, this gives quite a good impression of what the car may look like. I need to lower the doors and I think I need to give the car a wider rear axle, but other than that, I think I got the base covered.
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:30 AM

Very original. I'm intensely curious to see this come to life.



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Posted 27 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

1/9 .. that is odd .. but watching this go together will not be odd .. or, maybe it will!  :)


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:41 PM

Interesting. I will be following along. 



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 08:08 PM

Very original. I'm intensely curious to see this come to life.

 

Me too :) haha,

 

There is a lot of work involved in this project, since it isn't a molded body, there is less rigidity and quite quickly panels are out of alignment, only to be noticed when it is basically too late. I worked on it yesterday for a bit, doing nothing more than undoing body panels and reglue them, trying to get everything as straight as possible.

 

@Mike; I think it is a military scale, Esci had more kits in this scale, all military oriented.



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 08:48 AM

I am able to work a little bit on the Kubelrod in the spare moments, progress is slow, but at least there is some progress.
Basically because of the warping of the body I decided to put a cross-brace in the rod, giving the body some strength, but also adds to the looks. I put the original seats together and I think I am going to stick with them, although I might going to lower them a little bit, or tweak them into a bench seat.
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I also added the floorsills, giving the body some hard-needed strength at the mid-body joint. I will let the glue do it's work overnight and work on it in the weekend again. Even though it doesn't look a lot just yet, I think the modifications to the body are close to be done and soon will be able to start doing the prep work and getting the body ready for it's (intricate) paintjob. I am still in doubt of whether of making all the panels smooth, but something tells me I should keep with the original panels.
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And whilst I am waiting for parts to cure, I work on some small parts that needs to be glued together, gives me something to do.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 06:34 AM

Looks good. I can see where this might be a frustrating build, with the body coming in pieces. Will this be a military hotrod? Will it be a ratrod with some rust?



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 05:18 AM

Thanks! It isn't (yet) frustrating, just taking my time and do piece by piece, without rushing it to a finish. It takes time for glue to do its work and I can make progress. So, nothing that frustrates yet, hope to keep it that way too :)

 

It is not going to be a particular hotrod style to begin with, I am going to try and blend the military rod, ratrod and showrod together in one project and hope I can pull it off. And it will have some Dune-Buggy features as well, mainly engine area.

The wheels will be typical ratrod style, the body will be like a kubel, the interior simple, but with a gloss and wild paintjov, that will get a mixture of camo, skulls and true flames.

I have some idea's in my head, but this is a project where things need to 'flow'.



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:48 PM

I like your ideas. Can't wait to see more.



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:59 AM

A tiny update, I've been doing a lot of work to it, but it basically doesn't show. Today I laid a coat of primer on the body, to see how bad the seemlines are and I keep having problems with it. I put back some bondo on it again and I guess I got my work cut out for the weekend.

 

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:20 PM

awsome stuff , i love these out of the box build , looking great and well the "problems" you have are just normal i guess everytime you cut something up to create something new out of it ...and in this scale those issues are magnified by xxxx times :)

hang in there its looking awsome already !!!

 

ps .. when i click on your link to your site firerods ... i get a no show and a maleware alert from avast ?? could you see what is going on with that link


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:02 PM

Thanks, and I agree, but I just have some more difficulty with jointlines I guess, I just haven't found the right trick for it.

 

About the website: It was hacked many moons ago, but it is clean and if you check it online through a virusscanner, it should come out as a clean site. It is just annoying that some antivirusthingies, don't refresh and give it a green light.



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:48 PM

After inspecting, I guess I was hit by a new hacker, working on getting all the Iframes out. Sorry.



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 02:54 AM

It is clean again :)



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 10:17 AM

Another tiny update; I started to work on the engine in between the glue and bondo drying times. When browsing through the manual and the parts, I discoverd the Kubel had one tiny carburettor and didn't look all that beefy. Time to dig through the partsboxes and after some thinking and digging, I came up with a carburettor set up of a 1/12 Chevy Bel Air, luckily I have several of these kits, so 2 more carburettors were quite quickly cut out the other Chevy's boxes.
I believe this set up doesn't mismatch the engine and with a nice aircleaner on top, I guess it will fit right in the theme and it sure does will look a whole lot better than the stock part. I already did discover that the airbox on top of the engine needs to be seriously lowered, after the sectioning, it doesn't fit no more :)

Some pictures to give a rough idea:
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P.s. I can appreciate some feedback, it is nice to know what you think and can use the input in this build.